Please refer to pages 3 and 4 of the Shoalhaven Water – Pressure Sewer System Policy – Backlog Sewerage Schemes. The following excerpts are provided for your convenience:
6.2.1 Specific Design Considerations
- Council will cover the cost of the connecting pipe work (from the on-site tank to the PSU) if it is agreed with the land owner that the PSU is to be located within 5 metres of the septic/pumpout tank.
Note: this infers that the property owner will be required to pay for pipe work in situations where they choose to have the PSU greater than 5 metres from the existing tank. This is not a common scenario as most property owners are happy to have the PSU located close to the existing tank.
6.3 Property Audits
Council’s contractor will conduct audits of the existing property’s electrical and internal sewer drains. If these audits identify defective or non-compliant system(s) the property owner is required to arrange for timely rectification and meet the costs for those works. Property owners will be notified of a period to rectify the defect(s) identified.
Property owners that have not rectified defects by the period nominated will need to arrange for completion of their pressure sewer installation and risk additional costs at completion of the scheme (eg. pumpout + availability charges).
6.4 Construction of Pressure Sewer System
Council’s contractor will install and commission the pressure sewer system per the approved designs, which includes the full connection of the properties that have no outstanding defects from the audits.
Property owners will be advised when their properties are fully connected to the new scheme.
6.6 Decommissioning On-site Treatment Systems
Once connected to the scheme the property owner is required to meet all costs and health
requirements associated with the decommissioning of their on-site system. At minimum the on-site tanks must be “de-sludged and cleaned out”. Council will provide details with regard to decommissioning options and the associated costs as part of the consultation process.
When decommissioning of the onsite system has been completed, a final inspection of the property is to be arranged by the property owner with Planning, Environment and Development Group of Council.
6.7 Implementation of Availability Charge
At the completion of the scheme Council will provide written notification to all property owners within the scheme of the impending wastewater availability charge.
In summary, the potential costs to land owners are:
- - To make their existing electrical systems compliant with current standards (only if they are non-compliant).
- - Additional pipe work (greater than 5m) if the owner requires the PSU to be greater than 5m from the existing tanks.
Costs to all land owners include:
- - Decommissioning (including final inspection) of their existing on-site treatment systems.
- - Ongoing sewer availability charge.
- - Ongoing electricity cost for running the pump unit, estimated to be around $50 per year.